From time to time Disney Parks blog will offer a special “meet up.” In order to participate in one, you have to register really quickly. I was fortunate enough to finally win the opportunity at one of these events. Only other ones I’ve attended was the Wreck-it Ralph movie release and the Inside Out movie release.
We were asked to meet up at the top of the world lounge on the top of Bay Lake towers next to the Contemporary Resort. When we arrived we found the Orange Bird inflatable. It would be cool if he was a meetable character for these type of events. Lots of rare characters would appear tonight!
As we entered the Lounge, we found food and drinks abounding for every guest of this special meet up. Area was quite full, but we didn’t mind.
After the fun at Bay Lake, we were bussed over to the Polynesian. We were given special necklaces and more food and drinks were abundant. We met the Hawaiian dancers who perform at the Spirit of Aloha show. Young lady on the left is from the North Shore of Oahu. We chatted about how amazing North Shore is. She hopes to return for a visit some time.
As winners of the Disney Parks blog contest, we were also given the chance to attend the 25th Anniversary Disney Vacation Club party. We were told to arrive at 7pm, but learned later that the party events began at 9:30pm. We watched Main Street Electrical Parade, rode Pirates, Big thunder, mansion and carousel before heading over to a character meet line. We heard that Darkwing Duck could be meeting in Storybook Circus at Casey Jr area, so we headed that way and were among the first to arrive. He ended up having a long line, even before characters appeared.
We grabbed some snacks. Party offered chips, cookies, lemonade, coffee and hot chocolate. Hot chocolate was a huge hit for this cool evening. Initially, Debbie was going to skip Belle and focus on other characters, but she liked the setting and the fact that she was wearing her cloak. She was in front of Gaston’s tavern.
Daisy de la Cruz had just left for break, so I’ll show you a photo from Brian Miller, who is a friend of the website.
Only long line we faced was for the Robin Hood gang. We had to choose between the special fireworks and meeting them. Debbie wanted these guys, so we watched fireworks burst around us while we waited. Prince John shoved the others away to get a special photo with the junior internet sensation :)
He let the Friar join.Finally we talked Robin Hood into joining the gang.
Minnie and Mickey were saying farewell to guests as they departed around midnight.
Disney Parks blog, Disney Vacation Club and Disney Entertainment Group threw an amazing party and we were able to meet a lot of rare characters in only 2 1/2 hours. Great job on #dvc25 everyone! I sure wish we could have Annual Passholder events like these from time to time. I’d even pay more to have them.
Here’s the characters we saw at some point:
- Darkwing Duck – Casey Jr
- Launchpad McQuack – Barnstormer exit
- Ralph and Vanellope – Storybook Circus entrance
- Belle – Gaston’s tavern
- Louis the Alligator – Philharmagic exit
- Daisy de la Cruz – Haunted Mansion
- Cadaver Dans – Haunted Mansion
- Cinderella & Charming / Phillip & Aurora – Fairytale hall
- Naveen & tiana / Flynn & Rapunzl – Fairytale hall
- Robin hood group – Fantasyland wall
- Aladdin & Jasmine – Fantasyland wall 2
- Baymax – tomorrowland